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NEYSHEV: Meditation in Silence + Song

Fridays, Apr 13, 20 & 27
7:45-8:45am 

@ Makom  402 College St
PWYC | $10-20/session
RSVP required

Neyshev. Let’s sit. Chanting, meditation instruction and sitting. Everyone is welcome. No previous experience necessary.

Led by meditation teacher, musician and prayer leader Aviva Chernick.

Please arrive before 7:45 to set up. There are chairs for sitting in. Please feel free to bring a cushion for the floor and a blanket to wrap up in for warmth and comfort. Registration required; please email Aviva.

PJ PLUS: Bringing Jewish Books to Life

Sundays, April 15 – May 13,  10 – 11:15am
Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism – 402 College St. 
$75 for 5 weeks
For details and to register: HERE

PJ Plus is a parent/grandparent & tot (2&3 yr olds) weekly class, based on PJ Library books.

This Spring session come and experience: Celebrating Israel and Yom Haatzmaut, Shavuot Shakes, Mother’s Day Magic and much more through hands-on Jewish learning, crafts, music & movin’ based on PJ Library books. Have fun and connect with other young Jewish families downtown!

Questions? Contact Adina Lipson at alipson@ujafed.org or  416-621-5675.

 

 

 

The Murmuring Deep: Literary and Psychoanalytic Reflections on Torah, with special guest Dr. Avivah Zornberg

Sunday, Apr 29
7:00 – 8:30 PM
@ MNJCC – 750 Spadina Ave 
Advance Tickets – $10, Door – $15
Tickets Here

World-Renowned Torah scholar and Professor of English Literature Dr. Avivah Zornberg joins us from Israel for a richly textured exploration of biblical narratives, modern midrash and the biblical unconscious.

Dr. Avivah Zornberg was born in London and grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, where her father was a Rabbi and the head of the Rabbinical Court. She studied with him from childhood; he was her most important teacher of Torah. She holds a BA and PhD in English Literature from Cambridge University. After teaching English Literature at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, she turned to teaching Torah. For the past thirty years, she has taught Torah in Jerusalem at Matan, Yakar, Pardes and the Jerusalem College for Adults. Dr. Zornberg also holds a Visiting Lectureship at the London School of Jewish Studies. She travels widely, lecturing in Jewish, academic and psychoanalytic settings.

Dr. Zornberg is the author of five books, some of which will be available for purchase at the event: Moses: A Human Life, The Murmuring Deep: Reflections on the Biblical Unconscious, The Beginning of Desire: Reflections on Genesis, The Particulars of Rapture: Reflections on Exodus, and Bewilderments: Reflections on the Book of Numbers.

Co-sponsored by Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto, City Shul, Congregation Shir Libeynu, Danforth Jewish Circle, First Narayever Congregation, Kiever Synagogue, Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism, and Miles Nadal JCC.

Partners: Annex Shul

Friday Night SERVICES + DINNER

6pm – Doors Open; 6:15 – Services Start
@ Makom  402 College St
$10 for Dinner (only $5 for Makom Members)
Registration Required

 

Dinner Dates:

 JAN 26 | FEB 23 | MAR 23 | APR 27 | MAY 25 | JUN 22 | JUL 27 | AUG 24

 

Celebrate Shabbat with spirit! Wind down from the week and welcome Shabbat with soulful, song-filled services, in which everyone can participate.

After services, we’ll enjoy a delicious, catered vegan Shabbat dinner together. Very limited space; register now.

Makom is a proud participant in the Synagogue Vegan Challenge, in which the Shamayim V’Aretz Institute for Animal Welfare and VegFund are subsidizing our all-vegan food for 5778.

Makom is a diverse and inclusive community that welcomes participants who espouse many different approaches to Judaism, from secular to traditionally observant. In order to join together as one community without regard to denominational labels, our services blend traditional and progressive practices. Both women and men lead different parts of services. We offer men’s, women’s, and mixed-seating sections. We need an egalitarian minyan of 10 Jews in the room + a non-overlapping traditional minyan of 10 men in the men’s section to start the maariv service, so we encourage you to come on time.

Hope to see you there!


 

Friday Night SERVICES  + Potluck KIDDUSH

Friday, Apr 13
6pm
 – Doors open; 6:15 – Services start
@ Makom  402 College St

Celebrate Shabbat with spirit! Wind down from the week and welcome Shabbat with soulful, song-filled services, in which everyone can participate.

After services, join us for a community kiddush; please bring a kosher-certified food or beverage to share for snacking & schmoozing.

TORAH STUDY by the Lake

5 Tuesdays, Apr 10 – May 8
10:30am-12:30pm
65 Harbour Sq (Queen’s Quay W & York St)
$125 for the series

Come learn Torah! In our ongoing, multifaceted study of the Torah, we’ll learn and discuss Devarim (Deuteronomy) chapters 25-29 from a great variety of perspectives: ancient and modern, traditional and academic, literary and historical, etc.

No prior Jewish study or Hebrew knowledge required. Contact Rabbi Aaron for more info and to register.

FENTSTER presents: A Place of Wholesome Amusement

February 26 – May 22, 2018
@ Makom – 402 College St

In a striking new neon light installation, Toronto-based and Beijing-born multidisciplinary artist Shellie Zhang reimagines marquee signage to represent two significant cultural institutions established by Chinese and Jewish newcomers to Toronto in the same building at the corner of Dundas and Spadina. First known as the Standard Theatre, the venue opened as a Yiddish theatre in 1922 and five decades later hosted Chinese cinema as the Golden Harvest Theatre. The artist considers how one building served as a locus for cultural expression and cohesion for two different communities. Accompanied by a detailed overview of the building’s colourful history and reproductions of archival materials, the exhibition surfaces immigrant narratives embedded in the architecture of the Kensington Market-Chinatown neighbourhood, revealing little-known points of connection and breaking down siloed conversations about our city’s past.

Presented by FENTSTER and the Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre as part of the 2018 Myseum Intersections city-wide festival
Curated by Donna Bernardo-Ceriz, Dara Solomon and Evelyn Tauben

Softening into Liberation: Pre-Pesah MEDITATION

Sunday, Mar 25
7:30-9pm
@ Makom – 402 College Street
PWYC $15-$30 donations suggested
RSVP required

Chanting, singing, guided and silent meditation to prepare ourselves for Passover and our liberation.

Everyone is welcome. No previous experience necessary.

Led by meditation teacher, musician and prayer leader Aviva Chernick.

Please arrive before 7:30 to set up. We have chairs; feel free to bring a cushion for the floor and a blanket to wrap up in for warmth and comfort. Registration required; please email Aviva.

Spiritual Sounds Lab HAVDALAH CONCERT with Deborah Sacks Mintz

Saturday March 24
9:30 PM – Doors Open
9:45 PM – Concert Starts 
@ Creeds Coffee Bar – 390 Dupont St.
FREE Tickets HERE

Deborah Sacks Mintz (from NYC), a rising star in the Jewish music world known for her soulful, beautiful prayer leading, original songs, and niggunim (wordless melodies), will lead a musical havdalah and melaveh malkah – a spiritual singalong to bid adieu to Shabbat. Joined by our own, amazing Avivah Chernick.

Presented by Beth Tzedec Congregation, Annex Shul, Holy Blossom’s Young Professionals & Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism
Sponsored by Jeffrey Gertner and Family

NEYSHEV: Meditation

Fridays, Jan 19 & 26
7:45-8:45am 

@ Makom  402 College St
PWYC | $10-20/session
RSVP required

Neyshev. Let’s sit. Chanting, meditation instruction and sitting. Everyone is welcome. No previous experience necessary.

Led by meditation teacher, musician and prayer leader Aviva Chernick.

Please arrive before 7:45 to set up. There are chairs for sitting in. Please feel free to bring a cushion for the floor. Registration required; please email Aviva.

Presented by Aviva Chernick in partnership with Makom.